BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hue, small head and some lacing. Medium to full-bodied. Coffee, nutty, semi-sweet chocolate, vinous aroma. Slighty fruity and roasty taste, smokey dry finish, good balance. Syrupy and soft mouthfeel. Well done brew.
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I want to try this again under more ideal conditions. It was the third session of an all-day beer festival. I, too, could have been in better condition. Still, my eyes were not shot when I judged it pulling up somewhat short of really deep dark color. It had a rich malty finish, but seemed slightly weaker up front--I have compensated here for my weakened taste buds. Slightly watery, but this isn't a stout. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of medium sized light brown bubbles with a semi-opaque brown body. It has a mild malt aroma with the coffee flavor of a stout. It was smooth yet had a bit too much coffee for a porter. This would be better classified as a stout.
Nightoneobob (37) - USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foamy tan head. Not quite as dry as advertised, but somewhat dry. Roasty, coffee like flavor. Enjoyable on tap or bottled.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful, sparkling clear crimson hue. Medium-sized, fizzy light brown head. Only a thin ring remains around the top of the beer after a few minutes. No lacing.
The aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, chickory, floral hops and ash.
The flavor is malty, roasty and sweet up front with notes of maple syrup. Lightly bitter, sweet and grassy with warm alcohol on the backside. The sweet, malty flavor is not cloying or overdone.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Lengthy, bitter-sweet, dry finish with earth and grass at the wee end. Excellent beer! Pulls up just short of World Class!!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a light brown medium thick head with lots of lace. Bitter sweet malt aroma with a roasted/smokey coffee background. Bitter slightly sweet smokey flavor with cofee notes and a smokey finish. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty sweet aroma witha bit of floral fruitiness from hops. A moderate chocolate, toast aroma. Perfect flavor, slight dry, with a roasty finish. Great porter.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark almost opaque amber color.foamy tan head,that last's a long time.Aroma was slightly malty but very heavy on the coffee,in fact the coffee is the strongest point to this brew.Its taste is light in feel but strong in coffee again with some malt to it as well as a very,very slight hint of hops you kind of have to hunt them down to detect them.I think this could be a substitute for coffee in the morning because it has the same taste and after taste as a cold cup of coffee.This is not bad but kind of leaves this brew a bit one sided IMO.Over all this is a good beer just not high on my list of got to have again and again.
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour with a light brown head. The beer is not completely opaque, as brown arises from the bottom. The aroma is of definate chocolate. A full-bodied beer with a malt flavour and aftertaste of coffee and bitterness! Definately worth a try as all the beers from Great Lakes!
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A full-bodied porter. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.